How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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Generally, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may require air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some revealing signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers carrying out dust?
  4. When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. When your vents are fully opened, do any have a smaller amount of airflow than others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Faust Air Conditioning and Heating in Wharton about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the timeline between specialized cleanings.

Mostly importantly, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean.

You can also chat with the team at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating about installing an air purification system. We offer the Lennox PureAir Air Purification System, Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filtration System and Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Lights.

Other measures you can take include:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Examining your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not demand replacement.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Wharton home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating a call at 979-532-2511.

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